Scarlett & Poppi
"When you create a black and white photograph, you create something that is abstract and strikingly real at the same time. Black and white photography is strange that way. It is perhaps this abstractness that makes black and white images so intriguing and timeless." - Ritsh Saint
Its not often if ever, that I process my photographs in black and white. This shoot was different, it was planned to be black and white right from the start. I wanted to try something other than my usual style and Im really pleased with how it turned out. It is simple and beautiful. Twins Scarlett & Poppi are simply gorgeous and working with them is a pure pleasure. Hope you all enjoy this shoot as much as I did.
"Gorgeous autumn wear features in this month's fashion spread" - Admire Magazine
For over a year I have been waiting for the right opportunity to shoot gorgeous models Kristen Burton and Shannon Cassidy together. With their strong and striking features and beautiful eyes they grace this months fashion spread in a shoot that was funky and fun.
Stylists: Jessica Shirley & Hannah Beard
Photography: Jessica Shirley
Hair: Ema Soole
Makeup & Nails: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Fashion from: Shine, Trouble & Fox, Kimberley's, Andrea Biani, Jellicoe, Sassy's, Little Boutique & Matthews Eyewear.
With special thanks to: Angela Leonard of Morrison Square for access to 'The Apartment' of wonderful shoot location. Deeanne Hobbs for use of her amazing fabric, including her locally designed prints.
To read the full online edition of Admire Magazine click HERE.
Behind the Scenes
"The Tahuna Beach Holiday Park provided the perfect setting for our fashion spread on summer camp wear" - Vanessa Phillips Editor Admire magazine
Working with model Alesha Pyers is always such a joy. Alesha is a true professional with as much of a beautiful personality as she has looks, I would like to sincerely thank her for joining us and shining like the star she is!
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Photographer: Jessica Shirley
Model: Alesha Pyers
Hair: Chloe Turner from Cardells
Make-up: Indie Welsh from Prices Pharmacy
Fashion from: Morrison Square, The Little Boutique, Frock and Soul, Trouble and Fox, Eclectic, Cheryl Mackie, Tangos, with special thanks to Tahuna Beach Holiday Park.
Read Admire online here
We were spoilt for choice when composing frames during our KILT clothing shoot at Nelson's Warwick House . I had so much fun combining two of my favourite things, fashion photography and historic places.
Model: Marina Kere
Fashion: KILT Clothing
Hair: Juanita Poynter
Makeup: Michayla Addison-Saipe
Special thanks to Nick Ferrier of Warwick House for your hospitality, and ABOKI Hairdressers for supporting this project.
This month Tasman Makos players Vils Lolohea and Josh Tafili join model Anneke Giblin for our fashion spread showcasing smart casual clothing.
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Models: Anneke Giblin, and Tasman Mako's Players Josh Tafili & Vils Lolohea
Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells
MUA: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
What a fun shoot, mixing colour and pattern with pose. I was fortunate to work with to pro-models! Bree has just got back to Nelson after 3mths modelling in Korea and Lucy was a ballet dancer and gymnast - perfect mix.
Models: Bree Robertson & Lucy Simpson
MUA: Angela Mcguire of Beauty by Angela
Fashion: Just Costumes
Vintage Print Fabric Backdrops: Nostalgia Antiques
Canon 5DMiii and 50mm 1.4
It was a romantic revival this month for July Fashion, with inspiration coming from the "beautiful age" of Belle Epoque which was the name given in France for the period of history which went from roughly 1871 to the start of world war one (1914).
It themed in well with this months up-cycling issue and got creative juices flowing. Hair Stylist Lauren Lewis crafted a high fashion dramatic hair feature in model Michelle's hair, while makeup Artist Indie Welsh applied dark burgundy lips which added to the drama.
We shot at the stunning Nelson Castle - Warwick House, which completed the theme. Hope you enjoy the spread as much as we did creating it!
With special thanks to the Advertisers and team:
Model: Michelle Taylor
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen
Assistant Stylist: Catherine Potton
Hair: Lauren Lewis of Cardells
MUA: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Location: Warwick House
Fashion from: Liann Bellis, Shine, Jellicoe, Sassy's, Richmond Antiques, The Little Boutique, Morrison Square, Hartey's, Nostalgia, and Tango's.
Admire autumn April fashion spread, was a pleasure to shoot with our two gorgeous models:
Lauren Aickin and Sheena Thomas.
Styling: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Flemming of Cardells, Make-up: Indie Welsh from Prices Pharmacy, Thank you team!
To see full magazine http://www.admiremagazine.co.nz/#folio=1
Fashion from: Sassy's, Beetees, Shine, and Rugs from Guthrie Bowron Nelson.
'Autumn fashion is under the spotlight in our gorgeous James Bond-inspired fashion spread featuring models Shannon Cassidy and Reggie Elliot-Jones' Admire
This has got to be one of my favourite shoots yet, I'm so proud of how it all turned out. The team was amazing and it all worked together like magic.
Fashion Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Models: Shannon Cassidy and Reggie Elliot-Jones of RPD Models, Hair: Connie Flemming of Cardells, Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy.
Special thanks to the team at Nelson's Rutherford Hotel for our inspiring shoot location.
Welcome back and into 2016, this months Admire fashion focus on a return to work with sophisticated, yet comfortable styles.
Model - Georgia McMillan
What a fun filled time we had shooting for the Christmas Bumper Issue of Admire this month. Double the photography! We had two themes the first, Jewellery out at the beautiful Grand Mercure Monaco and the second a race's theme shot in studio at The Nelson Mail.
We had a lot of fun with the race theme, contacting Grey Hounds as Pets NZ we were able to find a lovely Grey hound and to join us for the shoot.
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Model: Emily-Rae Madsen , Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy.
Our second shoot was a a race's theme for which we had amazing flowers a grey hound and beautiful fashion.
Special thanks to the team:
Model: Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Anthea Shearer, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy.
Look for the Christmas Bumper Issue of Admire Magazine which comes out tomorrow!
Admire Fashion October 2015 - Seventies inspired shoot, fashion goes retro.
Special thanks to model: Holly Parkes, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hairstylist: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko, Pam and Brain Meadows for allowing us to use their fabulous Richmond home for our 1970's inspired shoot.
Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Trouble & Fox, Shine, Edito, Richmond Antiques, The Little Boutique, Portmans, Fock & Soul, and Taylors We Love Shoes.
Admire Fashion June 2015 - Warwick at Eight, fashion goes glam with a spread styled at the historic Warwick house.
Special thanks to: Models: Bree Robertson & Reggie Elliot, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hairstylist: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko. The team at Warwick House for the inspiring shoot location and hospitality on the day.
Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Shine, Eclectic, Taylors We Love Shoes, All About Flowers, Nelson Tailors Menswear, Rocs Jewellers, Trouble & Fox, Profile, Sassy's, The Little Boutique, and The Nelson Hospice Shop.
New love, romance always in fashion... Admire September issue.
Special thanks to: Models: Isabella Garwood from Monarch Model Management and Daniel Classen, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko. Kerry Ford and her team at Fords Restaurant & Bar and Panama Kitchen & Bar Nelson for accommodating us during the shoot. Along with Page & Blackmore books for the classic romance novels.
Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Beetees, Taylors We Love Shoes, Shine, Sidecar, Trouble & Fox, Craig Potton Gallery & Store, Profile, Living Light Candles, and Harringtons Eyecare.
A princess finds her prints, in Admire Magazines August 2015 fashion spread. - Photography by Jessica Shirley and Stylist Sonya Leusink Sladen.
Model: Phoebe Fulton of Clyne Model Management
Fashion on the farm for Admire July edition.
I also did the graphic design and page layout for this edition - have posted the full page spreads here.
Special thanks to Fergus and Beth O'Connor and handler Glenn Leys of Donnybrook Farm for the unbelievable experience of shooting at the Clydesdale Stud and Dairy Farm. Dorothy the chicken, Tyler Chamberlain and Lucy his dog, Odette, Kylie and Kristy the Clydesdale Horses.
Model: Isabella Garwood, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko.
Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Trouble & Fox, Glenn James Jeweller, Shine, Beetees, Taylors We Love Shoes, and Sidecar.
Fashion spread for Nelson's Admire Magazine May 2015 issue 'Weekend in Wool'
Special thanks to Model: Alesha Pyers, Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Hair: Connie Fleming of Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson of Jays & Ko, Location: The Grand Mecure Monaco.
Fashion from: Jays & Ko, Cruellas, Shine, Glen James Jeweller, Beetees, and The Little Boutique.
This was my first time shooting for Admire Magazine - April 2015. The theme, 'Monochrome Collective'
Stylist: Sonya Leusink Sladen, Model: Anthea Shearer, Location: Bridge Street Collective, Hairstylist: Connie Fleming - Cardells, Makeup: Kate Donaldson - Jays & Ko
With thanks to the staff at Bridge Street Cafe and members of the Bridge Street Collective for accommodating us during the shoot.
Clothing from: Trouble and Fox, Jays & Ko, Whitwells Motueka, Shine, The Little Boutique,